150 Fishes to Celebrate 150 Years

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150 Fishes to Celebrate 150 Years

In 2020, the American Fisheries Society will celebrate its 150th Anniversary. As part of the celebration, the Society will be calling attention to 150 fishes. We solicited nominations of fishes for the list by the Society’s membership.

The 150 Fishes list is a celebration of the biodiversity of freshwater and marine fishes of North America. These fishes will help tell the story of fish and fisheries of the continent. They may illustrate unique life histories, beauty, conservation issues, and challenges of managing and conserving these animals and their habitats.  These fishes represent our native biodiversity, but also illustrates how invasives and our own human nature have had impacts on our aquatic resources. Hence, this list will primarily focus on native species but may include non-natives when they tell a compelling fisheries story. From the stories of these fishes, the Society and the public can learn to better appreciate these amazing natural resources and be challenged to ensure that future generations will be able to experience these fishes in their native settings.

Nomination Process

Fish nominations are now closed.

Circulation Process

The 150 Fishes list will reside at the 150th Anniversary Website, information about individual fish from the list will be circulated through various social media platforms throughout the year.

This list is meant to be a fun for members and informative for the public. It is unlikely we will be able to include all nominations. We acknowledge that every fish has a story. There may be opportunities to discuss all the nominated fishes in the future.


Catchy TitleThe marine fish you never knew you needed
Common Name of FishNorthern Lampfish
Scientific Name of FishStenobrachius leucopsarus
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and Creditcf Stenobrachius leucopsarus from a midwater trawl off the coast of California near San Diego, 2016, Rene Martin
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Stenobrachius leucopsarus and all 250+ lanternfish species are an extremely abundant marine pelagic fish group. They are thought to be the second most abundant group of vertebrates on the planet. They eat large amounts of zooplankton and are prey for a variety of organisms, playing a major role in oceanic ecosystems. Many species of lanternfish, including S. leucopsarus live near the American coast and are important to associated marine ecosystems. Not only are the important as predators on arthropods and small fishes, they are also bioluminescent. They create their own light in green-blue wavelengths, and many have silvery/blue scales, making for beautiful fish and glowing displays.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/f70-148#.XgovtS2ZM1I
Your NameRene Martin